I wondered. I really wondered.
The quality of horde in battlegrounds has deteriorated extremely fast. Horde went from utterly destroying alliance, every single damn battleground, to unable to kill Balinda overnight.
I thought maybe it was patch 3.1. Maybe all the good hordies are off raiding Ulduar. After all, Horde did suffer a general dip in PvP competence with all the rerolls thanks to blood elves and death knights.
Especially blood elf death knights. For every decent BEDK (pronounced “bee dick”), there about fifty thousand absolutely horrendous ones. They’ve been stinking up my battlegrounds with their idiotic strategies and general ineptitude, but I put up with it.
You can’t really expect everyone on Horde to act like… well, Horde; not these days.
But still. Even with all the elves, even with all the douche knights, there was still eptitude. (Shut up, eptitude is a word if ineptitude is. Screw you, english.)
There were still warriors who would go out of their way to save a priest. There were still shaman who would drop a Grounding Totem not to save themselves, but the guy next to them.
Sure, there would still be about twenty peeps in AV that would mindlessly zerg, but there were still plenty prescient enough to defend stuff and grab mines, even if all that defense was only to backcap towers and graveyards.
For every moron shouting “let them have snowfall”, there was still five or six people who knew damn well that to do so was a strategically stupid thing to do.
The achievement itself, I don’t mind. What I mind is all these poor sods queueing up for battlegrounds that haven’t the foggiest idea how to PvP, whether it’s on the tactical or strategical level.
A mage sporting naxx-25 gear with some Ulduar stuff sporting a server first kill of Sartharion and a raiding arcane spec is an impressive sight, no doubt.
But on the PvP front? He becomes nothing more than a hunk of meat hurled at the jaws of a hungry dog. Honestly, with only 15k health and zero resilience, I’m watching him only to see how fast he can die.
Or perhaps a Holy priest already sporting 2 pieces of T8, and swimming in awesome epics everywhere else. What does this elf offer the team? Hard to tell, seeing as the guy got one shot by a rogue.
Hundreds of thousands of people are after this achievement, and they are ruining it for the rest of us.
They don’t have the gear.
They don’t have the spec.
They don’t have the skills.
All they do is try to get their achievement done and end up dead a lot on the way there.
Let’s be honest. The vast majority of these people know that. They know they’re going to get three-shot, at best. They know that they’re presence is going to result in little more than being horribly destroyed.
But they do it anyway, because they want the mount/title/whatever.
Most of them don’t like PvP. That’s why they don’t, you know, PvP. It’s not something they find fun, so they don’t invest in it. Getting the achievement done is frustrating for the majority of them.
It’s frustrating for those of us who actually want to be there, too. We have the gear. We have the spec. We have the skills.
And it’s goddamn frustrating when you lose, over and over again, because your teammates don’t give a crap.
The worst part is that they know they don’t give a crap. They don’t want to be in that battleground just as much as we wish they’d /afk out.
I haven’t won a single AV since Children’s Day started, or even heard of one.
EotS is, generally, a total train wreck. The only times Horde comes close to winning is if we have at least one of the following: Warlord, High Warlord, of the Horde, or Conqueror.
Hell, I was in an Eye with a Warlord and High Warlord (who’ve been playing together since UBRS was the pinnacle of raiding) and we still lost because the rest of the team was utterly incompetent.
Warsong Gulches are around 40 minutes at their fastest (unless we get facerolled by a pre-made), and AB is similar to watching cats play chess.
So here’s a suggestion, Blizzard:
Nobody likes it this way.
The people who want to PvP are frustrated because their battlegrounds are filling up with these incompetent morons who haven’t the slightest idea what to do and have absolutely no will to change that.
The people who don’t want to PvP are frustrated because they have to participate in something that, at best, has no interest to them and, at worst, is akin to smashing their face into mirrors and then stabbing themselves in the legs with the shards.
You want to have these people participate in PvP for an achievement? Fine. Then do it this way:
- Win all five battlegrounds with your orphan out!
Shazam. You still force them to do something they don’t want to do, but at least this time they don’t have to completely screw up the battleground to do so.
Even better, this way they don’t have to keep losing running battlegrounds until they accomplish the damn thing.
I see these stories around the blog-o-sphere, about that kind Alliance who picked up the flag and dropped it so someone could return it, or that Hordie in AV who stayed around to let a group of alliance get the tower capping part done…
While heartwarming for some, these stories fill me with disgust.
Not directed at those who do this stuff, mind you, but the situation itself.
It goes against everything PvP is supposed to be.
I’m not asking for the achievement to be taken out of the game entirely. Just remove it from the title requirements.
Add in something similar that doesn’t completely destroy the spirit of PvP if you must; hell, even keep the achievement around for those of us who actually PvP to achieve.
Just stop forcing these poor souls to fail play some part of the game they’d be more than happy to never experience.